Skip to comments.New report says illegal immigration population plummeted last year
Posted on 02/09/2010 4:43:16 PM PST by ruralvoter
The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped by 1 million people in two years, according to new estimates by the Department of Homeland Security.
The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007. If the official estimates are correct, not since 2005 has the population of illegal immigrants been as low as it was last year.
Some private researchers, however, are questioning the magnitude of the drop.
# Top countries of origin for illegal immigrants in the U.S.: Mexico: 6.65 million (up by 42 percent since 2000)
# El Salvador: 530,000 (up by 25 percent)
# Guatemala: 480,000 (up by 65 percent)
# Honduras: 320,000 (up by 95 percent)
# Philippines: 270,000 (up by 33 percent)
# India: 200,000 (up by 64 percent)
# South Korea: 200,000 (up by 14 percent)
States with the most illegal immigrants:
# California: 2.6 million (up by 3 percent since 2000)
# Texas: 1.68 million (up by 54 percent)
# Florida: 720,000 (down by 10 percent)
# New York: 550,000 (up by 1 percent)
# Illinois: 540,000 (up by 24 percent)
# Georgia: 480,000 (up by 115 percent)
# Arizona: 460,000 (up by 42 percent)
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Even the illegals don’t want to live in a country where Obama is President. :)
Can someone from Georgia please explain to me what is going on to attract so many illegal immigrants?
Building in Gwinette County?
Maybe what used to be a booming construction industry before the bubble burst. Atlanta is full of illegals.
Farm labor and construction.
Even ILLEGALS are fleeing due to lack of jobs!
They’re even smarter than Obama.
Most of the illegals from countries overseas are actually ones with expired H1-Bs and L-1s. They are easy to track, as they are documented and fingerprinted at the ports of entry.
Isn’t it amazing how they KNOW how many are here and do NOTHING to stop it?
Gee, think that will reduce national hell care costs since most of it is aimed at ILLEGALS ?
Take out the huge healthcare costs associated with illegals, plus another 10% cost reduction from tort reform, plus the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and you are talking hundreds of billions already saved from health care costs right there, even before a crack down on fraud and inefficiencies.
This is one facet of the immigration issue that is not often talked about: the economy determines is largely determinant of the number of illegal immigrants. When things are booming, they roar in and, in some cases, add to the pace of economic activity without it affecting too much the availability of jobs. When the economy tanks and jobs are scarce for everyone, many illegal immigrants go home, thus leaving whatever jobs there are for those who are here legally.
And I've some experience in recognizing potential illegal So. American folks...after living in SoCal since the 60's....
That said....I noticed 7-8 years ago here...that there were most surely illegal aliens here...working in the region. Mostly service type jobs..labor intensive.
Ticked me off to no end...because I saw the same thing happen in SoCal.....
It didn’t plummet in San Jose Ca, I can tell you that.
I cant believe swallow this lie, many illegals are still crossing the border and I see more illegals giving birth to more children in this recession than any other time.
Good to see a decline in Florida. Now, let’s see if all the other states can have a decline.
Fixed it :D
Yeah the illegals are leaving to find better opportunities in Mexico. /sarc
None of them have left....they’re probably drawing unemployment checks and all sorts of other gubbermint give aways.
Why would the invasion slow down or people leave when the gubbermint tap is wide open?
Estimates by agency answerable to Obama, estimates things are really, really gettin much better under Obama.
This is catastrophic news for the Democrats. Their base is fleeing the country.
I don’t believe this for a second. If the number of “illegals” are decreasing, its only because they’re starting to call themselves “undocumented”.
If true, and I doubt it, them only 25 million to go.
Well it is sure reassuring to learn that since 2000, Illegal immigrants from Mexico have only increased by 42 percent.
Good job Bush and Obama.
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That news, were it true, would have the White House in Crisis Mode. They cannot afford to lose so many voters.
Hey thanks for that! I support NumberUSA.
The DHS hasn’t the faintest idea of how many illegals are in the USA.
High agricultural area along with large poultry producers. There is some construction.
I saw two big waves of the above three groups: One which lasted from roughly 1992-1999 and then again from 2001-2005. The dropoff/return I started noticing in late 2007/early 2008.
Not "can't". Won't. There's a difference.
Increasing the flow of illegals was what Bush's Partnership for Prosperity (with Mexico) and New Alliance Task Force was all about. All done to help his banker buddies tap into this massive source of income.
I won't even go into the sub-prime lending feeding frenzy that lead directly to the current economic depression or the so-called, "American" Dream Downpayment Act, in which US tax dollars were given to illegals so they could use it as a downpayment to buy American houses.
And, then there's Bush's Social Security Totalization Agreement with Mexico that was going to give Mexican illegal aliens unprecedented access to the US Social Security system. It was signed near the end of his first term, but he never had the guts to send it to Congress.
There’s a big carpet industry, as well.
I forget about North Georgia, but you are definitely correct. Dalton is one long stretch of factories and carpet outlets.
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